Pichai, 43, was named chief executive officer of the Internet titan Monday, as Google unveiled a new corporate structure creating an umbrella company dubbed Alphabet.
He will oversee the biggest company under that umbrella, which will still be called Google and will continue to include some of its household products, including its search engine, ads, maps, apps, YouTube and the Android system.
Alphabet will be run by Google chief Larry Page, who showered praise upon Pichai, senior vice president of products.
“I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations,” according to Page in a blog post.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella were among the scores of dignitaries who took to the micro-blogging site to congratulate the IIT Kharagpur alumnus when he was named by Google’s co-founder Larry Page as the next chief executive of the slightly slimmed down internet behemoth. Pichai had said he hopes to meet Modi soon as he thanked the Indian leader for his wishes.
Pichai received a B Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and holds an MS in Engineering and Materials Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School. He had joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google’s Chrome browser and operating system. His alma mater Wharton had also tweeted on his promotion. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan posted on Twitter, “Remarkable success of @sundarpichai will inspire youth across the country to work towards their chosen goals with more dedication and zeal.” Pichai thanked Nadella, Cook and others who congratulated him on his promotion.
He had joined Google in 2004 as its vice president of product management, where he led the team working on Google’s Chrome browser and operating system. His alma mater Wharton had also tweeted on his promotion.